Coverage of the America's Cup, outside the specialist magazines, gave little insight into any new or innovative design and construction techniques which may have wider application elsewhere. This was partly due to the fact that the syndicates generally operate under a veil of secrecy. In this article the author explains the novel 'active structure' technology which was employed on the Spanish challenger RIOJA DE ESPANA. The concept of an active structural system had already been successfully employed in fighter aircraft and race cars. The basic contention was that an active system, based on a series of hydraulic rams, in a raceboat structure would generate the primary forces necessary to counteract the deformations caused by externally applied sailing loads. In theory, zero fore and aft deflections could be achieved with this system under sailing loads.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Ship & Boat Intl, n 7, Sept 1995, p 35 [2 p, 1 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Belgrano, G
  • Publication Date: 1995


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00718617
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 27 1996 12:00AM